Wednesday, April 11, marks the beginning of Hennepin County’s transportation construction season. During 2018, the county will deliver on several projects designed to get residents around safely and efficiently within our balanced, environmentally sound transportation system.
We remind people on the road to slow down when traveling past construction sites and county crews, and to allow for extra time when traveling during construction season.
One new major project begins, several others continue
This month, the county began reconstructing Flying Cloud Drive (County Road 61) in Eden Prairie and Chanhassen. The new road project will improve the driving surface, increase safety and raise the road above the Minnesota River 100-year flood plain. It will also add a multi-use trail along the north side of the road that will fill a gap in the trail network from Shakopee to Eden Prairie.
Two road projects begun last year will continue this year -- 66th Street (County Road 53) in Richfield, and Wayzata Boulevard (County Road 112) in Long Lake and Orono. Both projects will improve the driving surfaces. And, when complete, both roads will have new utilities underground, better stormwater management, and new features for people walking, biking and needing accessibility features.
Residents may also encounter crews finishing up work on other county projects, including Bottineau Boulevard (County Road 81) in Brooklyn Park, Douglas Drive (County Road 102) in Golden Valley, and Pinto Drive (County roads 115 and 116) in Medina.
Other major construction projects on county roads
Crews from cities, transit organizations and utilities will also be working on some of our county roads this season, in collaboration with the county. The major coordinated projects include:
The City of Bloomington continues its reconstruction work on Normandale Boulevard (County Road 34)
and the East Bush Lake Road (County Road 28) ramp
to westbound I-494. And, the City of Rogers continues its improvements to the County Road 81 and Brockton Lane (County Road 13/101)
More notable activities begin soon
During the year, crews will also be working on several other projects, including:
In the next few weeks, Transportation operations and maintenance crews will begin several smaller-scale road and bridge projects including road repaving, restriping and pavement sealing projects, as well as bridge maintenance activities.
More information about 2018 county road and bridge projects and activities can be found at www.hennepin.us/residents#transportation.
The county is also a partner in MnDOT’s 35W@94 reconstruction project. We encourage residents to visit www.mndot.gov/35w94 for more information about this multi-year project that includes improved transit access and updates to Lake Street (County Road 3).